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Finding Calva Commands

Calva relies a lot on that VS Code makes it really easy to find commands by opening the command palette: ctrl+shift+p (Windows/Linux), cmd+shift+p (Mac), and then start typing some words (or part of words) that you think might be in the command.

To leverage this, all Calva commands are prefixed with Calva. As an example, say you want to evaluate a form and pretty print it. Then you can do this:

  1. Open the command palette
  2. Type calevpr

VS Code will match cal to ”Calva”, ev to ”Evaluate”, and pr to ”pretty” in ”pretty print”. It looks like so:

As you can see on the screenshot, VS Code will also reveal the keyboard shortcut for the command. My advice is to make it a habit to try to remember those shortcuts and use them for a more effective workflow.

Now might be a good time to see Calva Top 10 Commands

All the Settings and Commands

Did you know? There is a complete list of Calva settings and commands in the Contributions tab of the Calva entry in the Extensions pane in VS Code.

The Calva Contributions Tab

Toggling Keyboard Shortcuts On/Off

The command calva.toggleKeybindingsEnabled can be used to quickly enable and disable (almost) all keyboard shortcuts. By default it is bound to ctrl+alt+c ctrl+alt+k, and this shortcut is the only one which will not be disabled. This allows you to quickly toggle between Calva keybindings and other keybindings which would otherwise not be available when Calva is enabled. This is particularly useful with the Paredit keyboard shortcuts, whose default shortcuts conflict with the default VS Code shortcuts for textual (non-structural) editing.